How to Have a Safe Stag Weekend?
So you’re about to head on a stag do to celebrate the groom-to-be’s last days of freedom.
But before the antics start, make sure you’re clued up on how to stay safe on your stag do to make sure you all have an awesome time. Although the main objective of a get together is to have a fantastic time making memories with the best lads, there are a few things you should know and make note of when it comes to staying safe.
Especially if you guys are heading across the channel to celebrate in one of Europe’s party cities. We’ve made a list of some of the things you might want to keep in mind whilst celebrating and having fun on your celebration!
How Can you Stay Safe on the Stag Weekend?
Making sure that everybody is safe and sound whilst out on the weekend should be one of your top priorities. Even if you’re celebrating in the UK, there are a number of different ways that you and the lads can make sure you have an unforgettable time without any stress or worry.
1. Drink Responsibly
Probably the biggest thing to remember on the list. Although alcohol and stag groups go hand-in-hand on almost every occasion, there’s no need to overdo it on the drinking. Remember to keep your limits in mind and stick to them as best as you can, especially in unfamiliar surroundings.
If you need any advice on responsible drinking or you’d like to learn more, please visit: https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/
2. NO Spiking the Stag
Although this may seem like common sense, it may seem like a harmless idea at first to slip some extra strong spirits into the stag’s drink when he’s not looking, but this could end up doing more damage than good!
3. Pack the Essentials
Whether you’re only heading to the nearest major city in the UK or halfway around the world, it’s important that you pack the essentials and make sure you arrive fully prepared!
There’s no need to over-pack but having all the important stuff will definitely ensure that you have a great time.
If you want an idea of what’s best to take with you, then check out these tips to survive the stag do.
4. Line Your Stomachs
If you’ve got a busy day full of fun stag activities then a big night out, one thing is for sure: you and the lads need to line your stomachs first
Not only is this a wise idea before any night out, but it’s also a really good idea if you’ve got a big day of busy activities ahead of you.
Take a read of our how to survive a stag do guide here.
5. Peer Pressure
Stick to your limits and not bowing to peer pressure is a solid way to make sure you stay safe and in control whilst still being able to have fun and enjoy yourselves.
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7. Protect Yourselves Financially
Although the last thing you want to be worrying about is financial protection when you’re jetting off.
Funktion Events is a fully ABTA bonded stag & hen party company, meaning that if the worst case scenario should come up your finances are covered by UK laws and regulations.
However, there are further steps you can take to ensure you don’t end up out of pocket for whatever reason. Things like making sure you have valid health and travel insurance will go a long way.
Although this isn’t as much of an issue as you may think, statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act shows that pickpocketing is on the rise in major cities like London, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool.
However, the risk is arguably higher in European cities and elsewhere in the world, with some cities being notorious for the petty crime.
No matter where you go, make sure you keep all of your most valuable items locked away in your accommodation. If you have any valuables on you, such as a phone or wallet, keep them off-show as much as you can to avoid attracting attention. If abroad, wearing a money belt underneath your clothes is common good practice. Check out the latest travel scams.
9. Fancy Dress
Fancy dress is one of the best and funniest things to do on the party and makes for an unforgettable celebration. Although a lot of bars and nightclubs are completely fine with fancy dress stag do groups, some venues are bound to have different attitudes.
If you’re partying in the UK, check inadvance if its allowed. Check their dress code policy by asking directly. If you’re heading abroad, check online before you fly to see where other groups head to the most!
10. Do Your Research
If you’re heading to a completely new destination for the stag do, then do research before you go! For example, getting to know what’s in the area directly outside your accommodation (shops, services, etc.) and the city centre is the best place to start.
However, some locations are particularly strict when it comes to allowing big stag do groups into their venue.
Some cities are known to be more welcoming than others both abroad and at home.
11. Educate Yourself
Keeping up-to-date on the latest news and issues going on in the country you’re travelling to is one of the most important things to check before heading off.
Even if you’re only hopping over the channel to one of Europe’s lively capital cities, laws regarding smoking and drinking can vary even between EU countries.
Etiquette is also a big thing to keep in mind. For example, what might be widely acceptable for a stag weekend in Amsterdam may not be so appreciated by the locals in a less busy destination.
It’s always worth checking out reviews and comments online from other lad groups who’ve visited before you.
For information on the country you’re visiting, please refer to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s page on foreign travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
12. Personal Safety
Whether you’re abroad or at home, personal safety (especially on a night out) should never be something to take lightly. With alcohol thrown into the mix, things can quickly get out of control and you could find yourselves faced with danger.
Making sure that you don’t have your valuables on show can reduce the risk of losing your items or being pickpocketed.
See our guide on 18 travel scams & ways to avoid them.
Keeping your money in a belt under your clothes takes away a great deal of risk and should be your go-to place to put any valuables that you can’t leave at the hotel,
If you’re heading abroad, alcohol and a significant language barrier could also spark up a potentially dangerous situation.
Remaining calm and making sure nobody gets into trouble with the locals is the best way to avoid any trouble when partying abroad.
13. Don’t Lose Each Other
To make things easier for yourselves, make sure everybody has each other’s phone numbers and that everybody’s phones are fully charged before heading out.
Keeping a note of the address of your accommodation is also a great idea. As a last resort, choose a designated hotspot where you can wait if anybody goes missing, such as a well-lit landmark.